Hundreds turned out for annual lighted Christmas Parade

Melissa Holmes|@LissaCHolmes Staff Writer

GLEN ROSE - Even with the prediction of a rainstorm looming on Saturday night, hundreds of families lined the Historic Glen Rose Square to take in the annual Parade of Lights.

The Christmas parade brought out both locals and out of town visitors for the night. Many of whom were excited to take in the Christmas floats and spend the night with their families. 

DeeAnn Palacios drove all from Katy to watch this year’s parade. She has family in the area and she just happened to be close friends with Santa. Palacios could have gone to a parade in a bigger city but she likes coming to the one Glen Rose, because of its quaintness. 

Jessica Beiter’s daughter, Alexia, was dancing in the parade and the family was excited to be out for the night. For Beiter the night was about spending time with her family, which is what Christmas means to her.

Jo Howkins and her family have been attending the parade since they moved to Glen Rose 12 years ago. Howkins’ daughter, Nicole Karels’ children were in the GRJH band and were participating in the parade for the first time this year. Karels said that they had worked really hard perfecting the marching routine.

Mayor Sam Moody mingled with the the crowd during the night. She said that the parade gives her a chance to get out and talk with the citizens. Last year's parade was a chilly one, and she was happy with this year's turnout. Mayor Moody hopes that the tradition of the parade keeps growing every year.

The parade started at the high school and made its way down to Barnard street where everyone was eagerly anticipating the arrival of all of the decorated floats. A fleet of Somervell County Fire Department vehicles lead the way. Following them was the precession of lighted floats, which were decorated in festive spirit. Parade attendees were also treated to performances by dancers from Training Ground Dance Studio and the Glen Rose Junior High and High School bands. A truck carrying Santa and Mrs. Claus closed out the precession.

Once the parade was over kids lined up to get stuff animals passed out by Santa and Mrs. Claus just in time for Christmas.